Baby born abroad waits 10 months for passport back to UK

The mum forced to leave her baby in South American will be reunited with her daughter tomorrow

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Mum Annika Peers will be reunited with her baby daughter tomorrow after being forced to return home to England without her because she had no passport.

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Annika Peers, 38, from Southport, and partner Jonathan Sears were holidaying in Surinam, South America, last year when she almost miscarried. It was too dangerous for Annika to fly back to the UK, so last June she gave birth to Lily in a hospital in Surinam.

New mum Annika was informed she wouldn’t be able to bring baby Lily back with her because Lily had no passport, reports the Metro.

Surinam is one of the few nations without a British embassy, so Annika got in touch with the honorary consulate, though no help could be given. The consulate in Washington, USA, couldn’t assist either.

Annika, a care worker and mum to three other children, finally had to fly back to Southport three months ago to sort out the situation. Baby Lily, 7 months at the time, and dad Jonathan stayed behind.

Even with the help of her MP, John Pugh, the department issuing the documents in Washington was slow to supply Lily’s passport. However, now dad Jonathan finally has the passport in his hands, and is ready to get a flight home with Lily.

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“I’m just looking forward to seeing her so much, I just hope she still knows who I am,” said Annika.

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